After a 10-day hiatus, The Bird gets a second life tonight as a new restaurant with a different menu, look, and name.
EatWell DC’s 2-year-old poultry parlor announced plans this month to close and start over from scratch with a focus on steak, eggs, and wine.
The eccentric design of the Bird a cozier course with its Frenchy’s Naturel replacement (1337 11th Street NW), embracing a “French modern feel as opposed to a wild party,” principal owner David Winer told Eater this month.
The graffiti-soaked upstairs dining areas were transformed into what resembles a quaint cottage, complete with light blue siding, wooden bench seating, lush planter boxes, and glowing orb sconces reminiscent of neighborhood street lights.
Other aesthetic changes included adding comfortable lounge seating, bistro-style chairs, and monochromatic jewel tones painted over the Bird’s murals, although some have stayed put. Waiters also have new threads featuring blue butcher aprons.
His menu features steak tartare, mussels, spaetzle gratin, and chocolate pot de creme. Under the “L’experience des Frenchy’s” section, guests can choose between meaty entrees — like a 6-ounce Virginia Devon sirloin steak ($25), a grass-fed beef burger ($20), or a roasted half-chicken ($24) — that come with a small salad, one of three sauces, and an option for unlimited fries or a seasonal vegetable.
Brunch, projected to start right away this weekend, will revive big Bird hits like chicken and waffles and fried chicken Benedict. New items include a croque madame and steak and eggs.
Status: Projected to open at 5 p.m. 1337 11th Street NW; website.